Those two words encompass an entire philosophy of life. According to the ancient seers, we are asleep, dreaming that our day-to-day world is all that is. And that who we are – who we really are – is much more than our familial and societal roles, much more than our occupation, bank account, politics, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation. More than our history as a victim or perpetrator.
There’s a wonderful little story about Buddha:
One of his students asked him, “Are you the messiah?”
“No,” answered Buddha.
“Then are you a healer?”
“No,” Buddha replied.
“Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted.
“No, I am not a teacher.”
“Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated.
“I am awake,” Buddha replied.
What does it mean to be awake? It means that you have done the inner work to clear out the old beliefs you unconsciously absorbed while growing up – the ideas you may unknowingly hold about yourself and the world around you.
It means that you know how to process and release the emotions that flow through you rather than trying to ignore or bury them. When you don’t acknowledge your jealousy, anger, shame, guilt, and all the other emotions we all experience, they fester within and turn toxic; the distorted energy can affect your ability to be healthy, to be fully alive….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.
Deborah is a master healer, a teacher, and the New York Times bestselling author of Be Your Own Shaman.
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